Disney Springs is full of fabulous places to eat these days, and if you're family is anything like mine everyone wants to try someplace different. While Morimoto Asia is a must dine table service destination from some, but if you're rather just get a fast taste of this Iron Chef's flavors, make a swing by Morimoto Street Food.
The sign on the wall tells the story of street food as a part of popular culture that dates back to the 14th century. Morimoto's version of this grab and go fare has been inspired by the hawker centers and street food vendors throughout Asia. For Morimoto "Street food holds memories of my childhood. It reminds me of the local festivals and events in my hometown." We're lucky that as guests at Disney Springs we can get a taste of those special memories.
Street food makes its home the side of the Springs Bottling building that is across the path from Art Smith's Homecoming. A glass counter displays the variety of dim sum, sushi, and noodles that are available to purchase. Behind the counter you can see back into the Morimoto Asia kitchen. There is also a fine selection of beverages, beers, and a Singapore Slush cocktail.
A condiment station is set up off to the side with soy sauce, chili sauces, and spicy mustard to enhance the delicacies you've chosen. Though I must admit the things that we tried packed a punch of flavor all on their own. A fair amount of seating for runs down the side of the building beneath and elevated covered patio.
My son was the adventurous one on this excursion, he tried the takoyaki. Takoyaki is an octopus fritter served with nori, pickled ginger, and okonomi sauce. While he found the flavors bright and delicious, he had difficulty getting past the chewy texture of the octopus. If this isn't something that you're used to, be warned. However at $6 for 6 pieces, it's a great dish for a few adventurous eaters to taste and share.
I played it safe and ordered the Pork Bao Tacos. These are the same pork bao that are getting great reviews inside the restaurant. While I would have preferred to see real bao being served, these deconstructed bao tacos seem to be very trendy lately, especially at Disney. Morimoto's bao tacos offer a two bite piece of delicious teriyaki pork belly, along with spicy mayo, cucumber and lettuce served nestled in a folded steamed bao bun. The flavors work well together and the veg gives a nice textural contrast to the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly.
We really enjoyed our stop at Morimoto Street Food, and thought it was a fair compromise for not being able to eat inside on this trip. The flavors are fantastic, and there are options for both picky eaters and the adventurous to try. After all, it's not every day you get to eat a menu created by an Iron Chef, and prepared to his exacting standards.
Have you stopped by Morimoto Street Food yet? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought.